Robert Jensen is a widely-published writer and author, a political activist, and a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches courses in media law, ethics, and politics. On the show, we discuss issues raised in Jensen's latest book, "Arguing for Our Lives: A User's Guide to Constructive Dialog." The book has been described as a "lively primer on critical thinking... that explains how we can work collectively to enrich our intellectual lives." Author Raj Patel says that Jensen "reacquaints us with the political and social skills we'll need if we're to reclaim politics for the 21st century." Jensen was previously Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio on July 8, 2011.
Robert Jensen's writing is published regularly in mainstream and alternative media, including The Rag Blog. He is a board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center and is active with the Workers Defense Project and the 5604 Manor Community Center in Austin, Texas. Prior to his academic career, Jensen worked as a professional journalist for a decade. Jensen's other books include "We Are All Apocalyptic Now: On the Responsibilities of Teaching, Preaching, Reporting, Writing, and Speaking Out"; "All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice"; "Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity"; "The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege"; "Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity"; and "Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream."
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (theragblog.blogspot.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 57:40.